Augustine Washington Jr.

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Augustine Washington Jr.
Member of the House of Burgesses from Westmoreland County
In office
Serving with John Bushrod, Philip Ludwell Lee, Richard Lee
Preceded byRobert Vaulx
Succeeded byRichard Henry Lee
Personal details
Wakefield plantation, Westmoreland, Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia, English America
Wakefield plantation, Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia, British America
Resting placePopes Creek, Colony of Virginia, British America
SpouseAnne Aylett
Children4, including William Augustine Washington
Parent(s)Augustine Washington
Jane Butler
OccupationPlanter, iron ore mining

Augustine Washington Jr. (1720 – 1762) was an American planter, military officer and politician best known for being the half-brother of George Washington.[1][2][3]

Early and family life[edit]

A member of the Washington family. He was the third and youngest son of Augustine Washington and Jane Butler, and an elder half-brother of George Washington.[4]

Augustine Washington Jr. married Anne Aylett at "Nominy Plantation." She was the daughter and coheiress of William Aylett of Westmoreland County, Virginia.[4] The couple had four children, of whom William Augustine Washington would follow in his father's footsteps as a planter and during 1788 represented Westmoreland County in the Virginia House of Delegates.


According to the will of his father, Augustine Washington Sr., the land now known as Mount Vernon first was willed to this man's elder brother Lawrence Washington. However, the will instructed that in the case Lawrence should die without an heir the property would go to Augustine Jr., provided that he gave the Popes Creek property, known as "Wakefield", to George Washington. Augustine decided instead to keep the Popes Creek property and so George got the property now known as Mount Vernon.

Westmoreland County voters elected Augustine Jr. as one of their representatives in the Virginia House of Burgesses following the death of Robert Vaulx on August 24, 1754, and then elected him to the following term, so he served (part-time) from 1754 to 1758.[5][4] He also was a member of the Ohio Company.[4]

In 1753, he inherited his brother Lawrence's share in Accokeek Furnace near Stafford, Virginia.[6]


  1. ^ Wayland, John W. (2009). The Washingtons and Their Homes. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 327. ISBN 9780806347752.
  2. ^ Grizzard, Frank E. (2002). George Washington: A Biographical Companion. ABC-CLIO. p. 328. ISBN 9781576070826.
  3. ^ Staff (National Park Service). "George Washington Birthplace National Monument - The Memorial Mansion". National Park Service. Retrieved February 20, 2017. ...and the personal property inventory of Augustine Washington II who was living in the house at the time of his death in 1762.
  4. ^ a b c d Tyler, Lyon Gardiner, ed. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography. Volume 1. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915. OCLC 2576742. Retrieved July 15, 2011. p. 352.
  5. ^ Cynthia Miller Leonard, The Virginia General Assembly 1619-1978 (Richmond: Virginia State Library 1978) pp. 85, 87
  6. ^ "Historical Marker Database: Accokeek Iron Furnace".


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